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Steve Novick says Portland can’t afford sidewalks, but he wants $650,000 for new light rail.


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City Commissioner Steve Novick has spent the past two months saying Portland can’t find the money for basic transportation services such as streets and sidewalks.   But Novick’s city    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 AARON MESH

1,600 City Employees Reject New Labor Contract

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Members of the District Council of Trade Unions last night rejected a new contract with the City of Portland—repudiating a bargain reached by city officials and their own leadership after a year of negotiations.

"I have not quite wrapped my head around what happened here," says Rob Wheaton, the DCTU's chief negotiator.

The DCTU represents more than 1,600 cit...   More
 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

The Belmont Goats Will Become the Lents Goats

Portland Development Commission also approves photo installation and outdoor furniture for its empty lots.

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Lents may not have the business district it's been expecting for 15 years. But Lents has gotten your goats.
The Belmont Goats, a herd of 14 goats forced to leave its urban pasture at Southeast 10th Avenue and Belmont Street by a new apartment complex, has been OK'd by...   More
 
Monday, February 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

Here's What Happened Inside the Vote to Authorize a Teachers' Strike

"It was a sea of blue, thousands of people in blue."

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Members of the Portland Association of Teachers voted Wednesday night to authorize a Feb. 20 walkout of Portland Public Schools classrooms—pushing the district perilously close to its first-ever teachers' strike.

Their decision leaves ju...   More
 
Thursday, February 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Calls from South Africa "To Discuss the Weather"

It's snowing.

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Mayor Charlie Hales is calling city employees from a climate change summit in Johannesburg, South Africa to talk about the fact that it is snowing in Portland.

"Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has called essential city staff to gather at 1 p.m. today to discuss the weather and possible reactions," Hales' spokesman Dana Haynes writes in a statement. "The media and c...   More
 
Thursday, February 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

Lents Leader: Police Homelessness Plan Ignores East Portland

Jesse Cornett blasts Chief Mike Reese for displacing homeless camps east of 82nd Avenue

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Portland Police Chief Mike Reese roused the sleeping debate over homelessness for another year Tuesday by announcing a new initiative, "Prosper Portland," to clear downtown sidewalk...   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by AARON MESH

Steve Novick Scraps with Portland Business Alliance Over Who Pays for Downtown Tourism Ads

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A representative of the Portland Business Alliance has refused to sign off on City Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed budget for the Portland Bureau of Transportation—usually a formality in the city budget process.

What's the hangup? Novick wants to end a deal where ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Steve Novick's Survey Says: Portlanders Want Sidewalks

Novick pledges $1 million in city budget for walking safety projects

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City Commissioner Steve Novick released the results this afternoon from a $28,000 phone survey asking voters what the cash-strapped Portland Bureau of Transportation should fund with new taxes ...   More
 
Monday, February 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

David Bragdon: Oregon Can Learn from NYC's Accountability on Planning

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Former Metro Council President David Bragdon was never shy about voicing his frustration with Oregon's endless planning gridlock.

As chief of the Portland area's regional planning agency, Bragdon chafed at what he called the "pa...   More
 
Friday, January 31, 2014 by AARON MESH

State Investigator Recommends Dismissing Ethics Complaint Against CRC Adviser Patricia McCaig

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A state investigator today issued a report recommending the dismissal of an ethics complaint against Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the Columbia River Crossing.The investigator with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission says in a 41-page report that McCaig di...   More
 
Friday, January 31, 2014 by AARON MESH
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